Sadtu ‘can’t disrupt exams’

2009-11-03 00:00

THE KwaZulu-Natal Education Department is aware of threats in the province to disrupt the National Senior Certificate Examination on account of the occupation-specific dispensation (OSD) payments, but says the security around examination centres is always tight and will remain so until the last paper is marked.

The superintendent-general, Cassius Lubisi, who was responding to questions posed by The Witness, said OSD adjustments will be carried out “programmatically”at national level.

He added that the KZN department is satisfied with the explanation given by the minister of Basic Education on the matter on Thursday.

“We appeal to all concerned parties to show restraint and act responsibly at all times. The future of our grade 12 learners is inextricably linked to their success in the National Senior Certificate examination,” said Lubisi.

“Threats to disrupt the examination are counter-productive and will only affect the psychological state of learners, whose confidence we should all help to boost.”

On Friday, the national office of the South African Democratic Teachers’ Union again gave assurances that the matters related to the OSD in public education had been finalised at the end of August.

A statement by the general secretary of the Education Labour Relations Council, Mahalingum Govender, said that part of the agreement between the government and unions also relates to improving salaries for the entire public service for the 2009/10 financial year, which is why the Education Department is paying out all general salary increases by the end of October.

“The OSD payments, as agreed in the implementation of Collective Agreement No. 4 of 2009, will thus be effected programmatically at national level, after the completion of the general salary increase run.

“We call on all educators to exercise restraint and patience as the matter is receiving the necessary attention it deserves,” he said.

The Democratic Alliance’s KZN Education spokesman, Tom Stokes, said threats to disrupt exams are reckless and irresponsible.

Lubisi said he is confident that the teachers’ unions will work with the department in encouraging matriculants as they face the final challenge of their school career.

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